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Saranac Season's Best - Nut Brown Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-23-2002

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Ratings: 243 | Reviews: 176
Photo of drseamus
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice rich red color topped with a nice off white head.

S: Typical saranac smell.

T: Nice sweetness up front with a touch of bitterness mid palate. Ends with a nice brown ale sweetness.

M: Medium bodied. Fairly neutral.

D: Not great, not bad. Somewhere in the middle really just like most saranac.

Photo of sliverX
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poored a brown leaning copper, transparent. big light tan head that fell fast left just a film of bubbles but left much lacing
smell is nothing but big malts with a hint of chocolate
taste is again mostly malts a bit bready but with a slight chocolate and slight hop bitterness in the finish
not a bad body light leaning on medium gives you a little bit of saliva thickening effect
not bad to drink may search out some other Vienna lagers to better feel the style

Photo of Stimack
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a medium brown color with a fair sized head that broke down somewhat quickly but did leave some lace down the side. Brew has a nice roasted malty, nutty and caramel scents. The flavors are quite nice as well, roasted malts give a sweet taste with a hop flavor that is noticeable then breaks quite quickly. Some coffee and chocolate flavors are mixed in and seem to make an appearance and then quickly disappear. Good carbonation. While this brew does not have any real outstanding aspects it is very easy drinking and a nice addition to the Christmas 12 pack.

Photo of HomebrewPgh
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice easy to drink, if not average beer. Pour was decent. Strong deep amber with red hues. No bubbles and no head. Aroma was weak. Could pick up a hint of caramel malt but very faint. Taste was very malty with strong carbonation that pricks your tongue. Very easy to drink but kind of bland.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this in the holiday sampler.

Poured a clear red-brown with a finger of eggnog colored head. Good lacing and head retention.

Smells of sweet malt and light hop, a little bit of spice.

Taste is good. Light biscuity sweet malt up front, mellows into a mildly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is very fresh and crisp. Light bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is good.

Drinkability here is good. Not the best Vienna but a darn good one.

Photo of nasty15108
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a deep amber/copper color. Nice thick head of slightly off-white foam with plenty of stick lacing.

S - Malty and slightly herbal/medicinal. Hints of caramel with a tiny bit of pine.

T - Malty up front with some sweetness. Finishes off with a slightly bitter hop flavor. Not much nut taste detected at all.

MF&D - Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Not a bad offering, and a nice addition to the Saranac winter sampler.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Nut Brown Lager." Wtf. Ok I guess I'm excited, sounds pretty tasty and unusual. Just noticed the nice artwork on the label which I don't think I've been appreciating when it comes to the rest of Saranac's beers. Pours a nice amber brown.. maybe a little too similar to their ESB if they're trying to differentiate the two based on color. But good head and good lacing. Aroma is great, very perfume-y and piney, but it's either how it mixes with the rest of the malt or something else that makes it unique. Taste is a huge kick in the malt bone, if there was one. Astringency is very noticeable though, which seems to be a problem for Saranac's beers. The complex roasted malt flavors retain their integrity in the face of the lagering process, which was what I was worried about. I was worried it was going to be like the Indian Brown Ale and taste nothing like a brown anything, but it definitely pulls through. Unfortunately, the astringency is a huge flaw and affects my score significantly. Mouthfeel benefits form the overall malt character- medium to full body and really pleasant to drink. Probably a tie with the ESB for my favorite in the mix pack. Just fix that astringency, apply it to the other beers in the pack and I'd be really happy.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of the '08 Saranac winter sampler

A nice solid beer here. Pours a mahogany color and taste wise is akin to a SA Boston Lager. Has a touch of a brown ale to it but is a little hoppier than the usual brown ale. Smells and looks great, taste and mouthfeel can be improved for sure, but I definitely enjoyed the 2 bottles in this 12 pack.

Photo of williamherbert
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and glassy reddish brown. Puffy styrofoam head. Takes on a ruby/mahogany color in the light.

Slightly bitter, nutty malt. Some sweetish toffee. Really well-crafted. Bitter, very nutty but biscuity. This smell is the definition of the term "nutty" in a beer. Real real good.

Malt is dark and roasted. Very nutty. Not the brown sugary taste many browns have, not at all. Dark and roasted, like amber malts bitterly mingling with darkly sweetish toffee and caramel. Bitterness of a red, sweetness of a brown.

Light-bodied. A bit ashy; feels like an amber/red. A solid beer, bitter in the amberish malt, sweet in the caramel malts. A good offering.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear reddish copper with a 2 finger white head. Retention is moderate, but a thick cap remains. Minimal lacing.

S - Very fruity aroma, something like overripe apples and berries. A slight toastiness and caramel is present as well.

T - Somewhat bland in this department. Vague toastiness with a minimal sweetness and some butterscotch hints. Late palate has the overripe fruit from the nose, but it takes on an unpleasant, almost rotten vegetable type of flavor. Finish has some lingering compost-like flavor and a touch of grain.

M - Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. The body works well the flavors but I'm thinking the carbonation gets in the way.

D - Overall this is a fairly bland beer, but not too hard to drink. I don't care for the funky rotten flavor but thankfully it doesn't overwhelm the other stuff going on. Not terrible, but probably not something I'll remember.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown color with a nice off white head that thins and laces the glass until the end. Smells of good hops and malts, nothing special. Taste the same, a nice background of crisp hops with a good sweet malt taste upfront. Its a good portion of hops, they give it just enough spice for flavor but no bite. I didn't pick up any Nut Brown Lager characteristics at all.. Period, nothing about this beer is nut brown.

Not this "Season's Best".. but good.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with two-finger yellowing beige head. The smell is mostly of malt with a little bit of hops and nuttiness. The taste starts off with some sweet caramel maltiness that is intermingled with some slightly piney hops. The mouthfeel is thin and slightly oily with a decent amount of carbonation. Not a difficult beer to drink, but I think it might sit a little heavy.

Photo of Biscuit033
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A ruby-brown with small, slightly off-white head with almost no retention and some lacing.

S: Caramel and earthy notes with a bit of metal at the end.

T: Caramel and chocolate with espresso roastiness and a bit of sweetness. This is going in a lot of directions. Interesting to say the least.

M: Medium body, nice carbination ans crisp yet bitter finish.

D: This beer intrigues me. It may take a few to figure out and I have no problem with that.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass. Only 6 reviews....how rare.
A soapy head forms on a ruby brown body that exhibits fine clarity. Spotted dots of lace and the head recedes to a halo around the edges.
Smells of malt, yeast and powdered aspirin. A bit of brown sugar lingering there as well.
A solid malt experience with due sweetness, but it is met with an earthy hop militia that don't take kindly. A long lasting bitterness follows the swollow. The brown sugar seems a bit out of place caught between the malt and the hop.
Mouthfeel is decent. Semi dry finish on a medium bodied brew. The bottle calls it a nut brown, the site calls it a Vienna. Its more of a brown ale, and a pretty decent one at that. Would reccommend to anyone who would like a hoppy brown ale.

Photo of argock
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pretty medium-brown with 2-finger foamy off-white head with very good retention and substantial lacing down the glass.

S: The aromas are there but too subtle. Hints of nutty Munich malt, sweet pale malts, toasted caramel malts, and leafy, herbal hops (like Tettnang) are present but understated.

T: The flavors are nicely balanced and enjoyable, but nothing that grabs you. Early flavors are sweet dextrin, nutty Munich malt, and caramel with some more toasted malt flavor through the middle with the leafy hops flavor in the end that gives it a nice crisp drying finish.

M: Smooth with active carbonation and nutty, malty aftertaste.

D: A tasty, straightforward lager with a nutty, malty twist. A nice effort from Saranac.

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a two-finger head that fades to some lacing.

Aroma is sweet and nutty with a hint of caramel and brown sugar.

Taste is smooth and a bit sweet with decent hop bitterness and a hint of caramel. Easy to drink as well.

Mouthfeel is lingering hop bitterness followed by a smooth nuttiness.

Quite drinkable for what it is. Not a bad beer at all.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a clearbrown body with a cranberry tint topped by a finger of pale tan foam. The head retains at a sheet and leaves a few bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is sweet and spicy with a little fruity malt and herbal hops.

The taste of the drink is sweetly malty with a dash of tangy citrus.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth, surprisingly fullish-medium in body, the beer is pleasant and very drinkable.

Photo of changeup45
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac calls this their Season's Best Nut Brown Lager. Brown colored topped with a thick tan head. The aroma was pretty boring, but there's a nice malt flavor in there with a hoppy spicy bite. Maybe a little sour. Relatively warming and a nice one for the Holidays.

Photo of auxiliary
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Brownish amber color. Small head formed but then created a ring. Some lace.

smell - Malts and nut here.

taste - Has a toasted malt taste up front and then end with a burnt bitterness ending

mouthfeel - On the thick side.

drinkability - Nice balance beer. Little too much hops for me, but worth a try.

The correct style is Vienna - Style Lager

Photo of animal69
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i got this one on sale at my local supermarket ; pours a clear med orange-brown w/ a fluffy tan head which dissipates quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing in my nonic ; a strong, grainy smell, full of toasty aromatics, some spicy hop aroma as well ; a rich, nutty/toast-like flavor w/ a good bite possibly from the darker malts, but there are some hops present also, some darker fruit-like undertones, faintly metallic as well ; a dry, med. bodied brew w/ a decent amount co2, letting it linger ; a very good drinking beer, a decent vienna for sure...

Photo of alexskovan
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear bronze with a big sturdy head that left medium lacing down the glass. Aroma of hops and caramel malt, not overwhelming. Taste is sharp and quick, a snap of bitter hops and caramel, with a bitter finish.

A beer that makes me think of words like; snap, crackle, pop. Not that it tastes like there is any rice involved.

Kind of high in the middle and droopy on the ends. Not bad. Not great.

Photo of WxAxGxS
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, as a clean chestnut brown. Light tan head with a noticeable amount of carbonation. Smell is a combination of malty, nutty goodness with a noticeable lager definitoin. Taste had a nice malty and nut flavor, yet a powerful hop bitterness. Definitely seems like they cranked the hop from last year's batch, resulting in a fight between the lager mouthfeel combined with a dense nut and hop flavor. A metallic finish and even a numbing sensation to the entire mouth.

After having this last winter and loving it, I bought a six pack of this year's brew. The '06 was definitely takes the cake compared to the '07, unless memory is playing tricks on me.

Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep chestnut color with a good sized, rocky head of off-white froth. Mild clean malty aroma with a hint of caramel and nuts. Smooth malty flavor: toasty and nutty with an herbal, fruity hoppiness in the finish. More richness in the malts as it warms. There's something appropriately "festive" about this beer, I think it might be the hops. Medium-light body, lightly oily...this is actually a nice lager from Saranac.

Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is a crimson-hued coppery-brown in color with a small ivory head. Plenty of tiny bubbles. Some bits of lacing.

S: Not much -- some malt and a slight bit of nuttiness, but it's not terribly strong.

T: Caramel malt and lightly toasted wheat bread up front. Hops seem to add a spiciness, not really much bitterness. Finishes dry in feel but with a lingering sweetness.

M: Light in heft. Good level of carbonation leaves a nice dry feel on the mouth.

D: Very good. Light-bodied and decent flavor for a winter-type lager. That lingering sweetness may keep me from wanting to have more than a couple, but it didn't slow me down with one bottle -- the glass was empty in less than 20 minutes.

Photo of tastybeer
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color ranges from auburn, orange-brown to warm garnet tones with lager clarity. The orange-cream, tan colored head is of decent size and leaves some straggly lace. Nice 1/4 inch retention. Aroma is fruity, nutty, malty, and lightly hopped. Still more hops than I expected with this beer. A variety of malts are apparent and amounts are adequate for a lager. I smell Belgian subtleties and German malts flavors combined. There is also some festive, seasonal spice aromas. Taste is alike but more malts would be welcome. Light nuts + fruit are complimentary. Hop amount is about right for this. Not a lot but enough to stir it up a little, especially through the finish. Easy to drink and and an interesting spin on a 'vienna style lager'.

One of the better Saranac brews, but it doesn't have quite as much depth as I'd like (even as a lager).

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Saranac Season's Best - Nut Brown Lager from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.